Christmas is a time to gather with friends and family and enjoy being together. Many of these gatherings center around enjoying a traditional dinner on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. While everyone has their favorites, certain foods are likely to be found on many tables. Here are some menus to consider.
Goose is a popular centerpiece of many Christmas dinner celebrations. The preparation is similar to any other type of fowl, including the removal of some of the innards. Stuffing can be made using a combination of bread, vegetables, and herbs. In some areas, pairing the goose with oyster stuffing is considered the only way to complete the meal.
The easiest way to roast a goose is to preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. After placing the goose in the oven, reduce the heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and baste every half-hour. For the stuffing, consider combining chunks of apples, potatoes, celery, and oranges and place the mixture in the body cavity. Allow around 25 minutes of roasting time for every pound of the goose.
Ham is also a favorite at many Christmas tables. Assuming the ham is not pre-cooked, place it in a roasting pan with a little bit of water in the bottom. Lining the pan with foil is a good idea.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, and then place the ham inside after applying a glaze made using mustard, brown sugar, and cola. Allow a half-hour of cooking time per pound. Remember to baste the ham at least hourly, and turn it roughly halfway through the baking process. Don’t forget to let it set for 15 minutes after removing it from the oven.
Many people prefer mashed potatoes and whole green beans along with their Christmas ham. Kick things up a notch by using cream cheese to add more texture to the potatoes. Slow cooking whole green beans in beef broth will also add another flavor to the dinner.
Turkey is a favorite for many holiday celebrations, including Christmas. As with the ham, allow the turkey to thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Remove any innards and add a cornbread stuffing if desired. The turkey needs to bake slowly, so use a setting of 325 degrees Fahrenheit and allow a half-hour of baking time per pound for unstuffed turkeys. If stuffing is placed in the cavity, add at least another 15 minutes per pound.
Remember that all these entrees work well with a wide range of breads, vegetables, and desserts. Making sure the side dishes include ingredients of different colors adds more interest and flavors to the table. When the host sees the smiling faces of the guests, there will be no doubt that all the planning was worth it.